An immature young man (Ashton Kutcher) enlists in the Coast Guard, where he bonds with a legendary rescue swimmer (Kevin Costner) who teaches his rebellious protégé the meaning of sacrifice. more
Release DateU.S.The Guardian was released on
Friday, September 29, 2006 Release
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
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Production CompaniesBeacon Pictures
Rating MPAAPG-13 for intense sequences of action/peril, brief strong language and some sensuality
After losing his crew in a fatal crash, legendary Rescue Swimmer, Ben Randall (Kevin Costner), is sent to teach at "A" School, an elite training program for Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers. Wrestling with the loss of his crew members, he throws himself into teaching, turning the program upside down with his unorthodox training methods.
While there, he encounters a young, cocky swim champ, Jake Fischer (Ashton Kutcher), who is driven to be the best. During training, Randall helps mold Jake's character, combining his raw talent with the heart and dedication required of a Rescue Swimmer.
Upon graduation, Jake follows Randall to Kodiak, Alaska, where they face the inherent dangers of the Bering Sea. In his initial solo rescue, Jake learns firsthand from Randall, the true meaning of heroism and sacrifice, echoing the Swimmer's motto..."So Others May Live!"
Trivia & Production Notes
- The film documents the intensive training process of US Coast Guard rescue swimmers and their personal and physical sacrifices required of the job.